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Summertime is upon us on the Suncoast, and while the surge of endorphins and “healthy” glow that result from basking in the sun might make us feel good, we all need to be wary of the negative effects of excessive exposure to the sun (wrinkles, age spots, skin cancer, to name a few), and be armed with the best defenses to prevent them.
Many of us use a moisturizer that contains a low level of SPF. Though this is good for everyday protection, we all need a stronger shield for those days spent at Siesta Key or Lido, or even at the golf course. For prolonged sun exposure, use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, and reapply periodically, especially after swimming or sweating.
While sunscreen is a great first line of defense, we inevitably miss spots, and often don’t even realize others are being exposed to UV rays (i.e. through our t-shirts). Consider investing in a few pieces of sun protective clothing that can offer up to UPF 50, always keep your wide brimmed hat on hand, and, of course, sport your sunglasses at all times.
• If You Do Get Burned…
Though we try to avoid it, we all have our moments! In the event of that dreaded sunburn, use a moisturizer containing aloe and apply a cold compress to alleviate the burning sensation. As a cautionary measure, be sure to fill up on foods and beverages containing antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage to skin cells.